NJ Juvenile Defense Attorney
Our son made a very poor choice. For many months, our world was turned upside down. We were extremely lucky to learn about Alan. His results were the best we could've hoped for. BUT the best thing about Alan was the way he talked to our son. My son connected with Alan and listened to him. Ever since this incident happened, my son changed his group of friends & focuses on creating his future in a positive way. Alan's legal representation and positive influence on my son was priceless.
free legal guide to juvenile law
Recently, you receive a "bad news" phone call in the middle of the night. The caller is either your child or a law enforcement officer. Within seconds, it feels as though your world comes crumbling down. Naturally, you turn inward and question yourself. "Where did I go wrong? What did I miss? What happens now? What could I have done to prevent this?"
Please know that we have helped countless families get through these challenging times. Experience has proven that parents are seldom at fault. As a parent, you could've done everything perfectly right and still get that "middle-of-the-night call". It just takes one bad influence in your child's life to temporarily take them off the path you so carefully walked them on. We've worked with families who have put their kids through the best private schools, with all the resources at their fingertips, and yet their children found a way to make a very poor choice. Life happens while you plan it.
The truth is that the choices you make now as a parent will greatly affect the rest of your child's life. Please know that in New Jersey there is a rule, or more specifically, a requirement which states that a juvenile (person under 18) facing criminal charges must have a lawyer. In other words, juveniles charged with crimes in cannot appear Pro Se (representing themselves). The child's parents must retain the services of an attorney (preferably a Criminal Defense Attorney). The only exception is where your child has been charged with an extremely minor offense. In those cases, the matter will be referred to a Juvenile Conference Committee. For the overwhelming majority of Juvenile cases, you will need an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer.
Our firm concentrates only on New Jersey Criminal Defense Law. To learn more about us, click here.
parents are not alone
If these fearful thoughts are consuming you, please know that you are not alone. Thousands of parents throughout New Jersey go through this each year. With a few exceptions, most of our juvenile clients do not face incarceration in state prison. The majority of our juvenile clients are arrested for Drug Possession, Drugs in a Vehicle, Underage DUI (Baby DIWI), Simple Assault, Harassment, and Obstruction of Justice.
As a parent, there's no way that you will allow this.
We never make our clients feel rushed as they tell us their side of the story. We patiently listen to our client's version of the events, document everything they tell us, research the applicable law, and review the police evidence from every perspective. We enter our appearance with the appropriate court and notify all parties involved that we represent your child.
We return every single phone call, email, and text message. We pride ourselves on our prompt response time. To read what our clients say about us, click here.
consequences of a juvenile conviction
- Adjourned disposition;
- Required community service;
- Diversionary program;
- Monetary fines;
- Period of probation;
- Release of the juvenile to a parent or guardian;
- Required parental involvement in the juvenile’s rehabilitation;
- Treatment for mental health issues, substance abuse, and/or alcoholism;
- Restitution (requiring the juvenile to provide compensation for damage s/he caused);
- Suspension of a juvenile’s driver’s license;
- Work, academic, and/or vocational programs
The opiate epidemic in New Jersey has taken on horrific proportions. All too often in our line of work, we successfully advocate a good result in the courtroom only to lose that client to their addiction. If we can help any of our clients receive the appropriate treatment to successfully overcome their addictions, we never hesitate.
when does your child need a criminal defense lawyer in new jersey?
However, there are circumstances where time is of the essence and you should act decisively. We said, "act decisively", not "impulsively".
Juvenile Custody and Detention
If your child has been taken into custody and is not released immediately after questioning, this is a red flag. If any event should compel you to retain counsel, this is the one. In these circumstances, your child very well may be involved in something serious. You probably have no idea what's going on and that's all the reason you need to retain counsel.
When a criminal juvenile matter takes this turn, the State must hold an initial detention hearing the following morning to determine whether or not he/she must remain in custody. As the process proceeds, the State imposes requirements on the amount of time that a juvenile can be held in detention. As your child's defense lawyers, we take immediate action. We file "motions" (formal legal requests) that demand your child's immediate release. In fact, we file any necessary motions with the court to ensure that your child is not held in custody in violation of State laws.
We get involved and we get to the bottom of things. We maintain constant contact with each family and answer every question related to this emotionally challenging time. We make certain that once we enter as your child's legal defense team, we spend all of our energy focusing on the best interests of your child.